33 Most Common Tourist Scams in Philippines

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Philippines is a beautiful archipelago of islands in Asia.

You will find great beaches, pristine lagoons, resorts, beautiful nature, friendly locals, adventures and getaways all at an affordable price.

Unfortunately however, many still suffer from poverty and struggle to make ends meet, which goes some way in explaining the large number of tourist targeted scams and safety concerns in the country.

Read on to learn how to protect yourself in this beautiful land!

 

 

A. TOURIST ACTIVITIES

1. Ativan gang / family scam

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How it works:

This is a sequential scam. Firstly, a female scammer (as they seem less threatening) will approach you and make small talk. Once trust is built, she will invite you for a meal with their family.

Should you accept, you will meet the family, get to know everyone young and old (young and old as they feel less threatening too).

Once you feel all warm and fuzzy, they will invite you to an out of town trip together.

Meanwhile, they will warn you about pickpockets in Philippines and act like they are looking out for you.

That is actually just a ploy to fish information on what valuables you are carrying.

Once you are out of town with the family, they will find the right opportunity (usually through a drink) to drug you with Ativan (a sedative), and steal your valuables.

There have been even reported cases of rape, so do beware.

 

What to do:

Avoid engaging strangers who approach you first in an overly friendly manner.

 

2. House gambling / cards / poker / blackjack scam

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How it works:

This is another scam common in Asia (e.g. Cambodia, Malaysia, etc).

A stranger will first approach you and try to befriend you. For instance, he may ask where you are from. It does not matter what you say.

This is because he will say that he has a relative who is going there soon or share some other anecdotes he knows of your country.

Next, he will ask if you are willing to come over to his house as his relative is really anxious and has many questions. He offers to treat you to dinner and also to bring you around town.

However, once you reach his home, you will find people playing gambling games such as poker or blackjack there. Through peer pressure, they will force you to play.

These scammers will let you win the first few rounds. Then, the real fun begins as the stakes get higher.

Your losses start piling up and should you refuse to pay, gang members will appear and threaten your life.

 

What to do:

Every time you hear a stranger claim a relative or someone is going to / in your home country, stay far far away.

We recommend concealing your valuables with a money belt / hidden pouch, and to use a cheap, spare wallet with little cash inside to act as a decoy.

This is because if you do fall for the scam, you can use the decoy wallet to show the scammers that there is little point in exploiting you.

 

3. Pickpockets

 

How it works:

Pickpockets here love to stake out the malls (e.g. Greenbelt Mall in Makati) and public transport (jeepneys especially are a hotspot) for targets, no matter whether you are in Manila, Cebu, or in another city.

These thieves work in gangs, and will hang around to spot anyone carrying an expensive or neglected phone / jewelery / valuable / bag and where it is stored.

Once they mark a target, they will surround him or her and then work like this:

  • One will keep a lookout and block passer-bys from seeing the scene
  • Another will push or distract the target (e.g. ask you an innocent question / survey / drop something and ask you about it)
  • A third will steal your valuable / slash your bag and then passes it on
  • The last will hide the loot under a jacket / items and then escapes with it

Do watch out for child pickpockets as well.

 

What to do:

Stay alert and watch out for suspicious characters, though that is easier said than done in a crowded environment.

The best solution is still, to not make yourself look like a target. 

This is because once you are targeted, you will almost definitely lose your valuables in a split second.

To make it impossible for thieves to steal from you, we recommend:

  • Carry small amounts of cash in a cheap, spare wallet that you wouldn’t mind losing. Do not leave it in your back pocket.
  • Conceal small valuables securely in a slim fitting money belt or hidden pouch.
  • Store larger valuables in an anti-theft bag that is slash resistant and lockable. Keep it in front of you.
  • Keep most of your valuables in your hotel / hostel safe, which can be further secured with hotel safety tools.

 

 

4. The bump and drop

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How it works:

This is a common scam globally (e.g. China, Canada, etc) as well.

Usually in a crowded street, you will find a scammer walking in front of you, who then drops a spoilt item for you to step on and then demand compensation from you.

It does not matter even if you do not step on it

In Philippines, besides spoilt items (such as broken phones or spectacles), they may also use takeout boxes containing food taken from the trash, or even a bag of rice!

 

What to do:

Keep a safe distance when walking.

 

5. Fake travel agents

 

How it works:

This is a painful one to fall for.

It is because you will usually be asked to pay everything upfront and will lose that sum of money with little recourse.

 

What to do:

Only engage reputable tour operators with positive reviews. You could check with your hotel or do some online research.

If you were to feel uneasy at any point of negotiations / discussions with the agent, test him / her and do not sign up unless you are really sure.

 

6. Familiar face scam

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How it works:

So how this works is that a scammer will bump into you, and then claim that he knows or has seen you before at the hotel which he works at.

He claims to be a security guard or a bellboy or what have you. He might even claim to be the driver who brought you to the hotel.

Good news is that he is on leave today and can bring you to the local spots which tourists do not know.

However, only follow him if you wish to be robbed.

Although this is a common occurrence in Manila, it can really happen anywhere in the world such as in Morocco and Turkey, so do be careful.

 

What to do:

Avoid engaging strangers who approach you first in an overly friendly manner.

As mentioned earlier, we recommend concealing your valuables with a money belt / hidden pouch, and to use a cheap, spare wallet with little cash inside to act as a decoy.

This is because if you do fall for the scam, you can use the decoy wallet to show the scammer that there is little point in exploiting you.

 

7. Sob story scams

 

How it works:

You will find these sob story scammers everywhere around the world. Canada especially has some really persistent ones who have been doing the same scam for many years.

In Manila however, things get more serious. This is because there have been reports where victims have been led to dark spots and then robbed or even kidnapped!

The standard sob stories:

  • A scammer can claim to have just been robbed and need some cash to get transport to the police station / nearest embassy.
  • A mom could claim that she needs cash to buy food for her hungry kids.
  • Or a husband could claim to need to rush to the next town to find his sick wife but has just been robbed of all his cash, etc.

 

What to do:

Ignore and move on.

 

8. The “paedophile” scam

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How it works:

This is a creative one. You see a child beggar on the street and decide to do some good by either giving money or food.

Should you do so, the child’s family will suddenly appear and accuse you loudly of being a paedophile.

They then threaten to call the police unless you give them some more money.

 

What to do:

Do not donate.

 

9. Beggars

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How it works:

Do not give to these beggars as you might get swamped by other beggars.

While distracted, your valuables might get stolen.

 

What to do:

Do not donate.

In any case, do conceal your valuables / cash securely in a sturdy anti-theft bag that is slash resistant and comes with a locking system or in a money belt / hidden pouch.

 

10. Fake goods

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How it works:

The stuff you see peddled by street sellers are generally fake.

Even touts who offer drugs like Viagra and Cialis are actually peddling coloured aspirin or something else which could be dangerous for your health.

 

What to do:

Avoid buying unless for a cheap thrill, and haggle if you do indeed buy,

 

11. Let’s hang out at a bar

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How it works:

You might be approached on the streets by a friendly stranger who offers to bring you to a bar full of beautiful ladies.

Should you agree, be ready to get swamped by the working girls who will order outrageously priced lady drinks on your tab.

 

What to do:

Decline and walk off.

If you do want to get a drink with a local, test the other party by suggesting going to another place (could be one near your hotel) instead.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we recommend concealing your valuables with a money belt / hidden pouch, and to use a cheap, spare wallet with little cash inside to act as a decoy.

This is to show the scammers that there is little point in exploiting you when caught in such a situation.

 

12. Bar rip-offs

 

How it works:

When at a girly bar, always check the prices first.

Ask if there’s an entrance fee, how much is one beer / drink, how much is a ladies drink and if there is a charge for how long you stay.

 

What to do:

Check out online reviews before visiting a bar, as there have been many reports of all sorts of wild charges added into bills by these bar rip-offs.

 

13. Spiked drinks

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How it works:

Single males are usually targeted. If you are a male and out at a bar alone, do be wary when a pretty lady offers to buy you a drink.

You will be paying that back manifolds as you get knocked out with your valuables stolen.

 

What to do:

Don’t accept free drinks and don’t leave your drink unattended. If possible, get a can / bottle instead which is more difficult to tamper with.

Further, do not flaunt your valuables, leave them in your hotel safe which you further secure with hotel safety tools (e.g. door jammer, hotel safe lock).

 

14. Sex scam

 

How it works:

This scam happens at night clubs / bars, and is perpetuated by an attractive lady who first approaches her victim, a single male.

She explains that she has drifted apart from her abusive husband, and is in desperate need for some intimacy but with no strings attached.

She then offers to bring you to a cheap hotel which she knows.

Over at the hotel room however, a burly, fierce looking man suddenly comes barging in. He’s the husband! Or so he claims.

In Philippines, adultery is illegal, and you can be jailed if the man is really the husband legally. Either way, a payment will be demanded.

In another similar situation, instead of the husband, it would be the dad who barges in.

He will claim that the woman is in fact his daughter and younger than 18. If you do not want to be thrown into jail, you had better pay up.

 

What to do:

Avoid getting yourself in such a situation in the first place.

 

B. TRANSPORT

1. Bullet in bag scam

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How it works:

A relatively recent scam starting in 2015, there have been reports of airport staff / security personnel at Ninoy Aquino International Airport planting live bullets in tourists’ luggage and accusing them of illegally possessing firearms.

A bribe is then demanded for them not to press charges.

These scammers are serious – there have been victims detained for days and charged as well.

So don’t be surprised when you find locals with wrapped bags and luggage at the airport like in the image above:

The good news is that this scam has died off due to the media coverage back in 2015, but it still pays to be cautious as anything can be planted, such as drugs or other illegal items.

 

What to do:

Not much you can do here, besides to use a hard case luggage without external pockets.

If not, keep (all pockets and spaces of) your luggage properly secured and difficult for these scammers to meddle with. Also, keep an eye on your luggage at all times.

Besides using a plastic wrapping service, you can also consider using additional TSA locks, luggage straps or cable ties to deter these scammers from targeting your check in luggage.

 

2. Traffic snatch thefts

 

How it works:

This is common globally, such as in Myanmar and Brazil as well.

For instance, at crowded traffic jams, someone might appear out of nowhere and snatch your valuables in the car through the window if it is wind down. Some others may simply smash your window.

Thieves could also drive by on motorbikes and snatch handbags / valuables off pedestrians on the streets.

Another more scheming set-up is where eggs / liquid / some substance is poured onto your windscreen.

Almost all drivers will step out to inspect the situation, and that is when the culprit jumps in to steal your car.

 

What to do:

Always be alert on the road, while walking alongside the road and at traffic junctions. Watch out for motorcyclists who seem to tail you, especially if they have a pillion rider (accomplice).

Stay alert at crowded places, and even at seemingly safe places like at a restaurant or hotel:

  • Do not lay your valuables out on the table or expose them unnecessarily in public.
  • Keep your bags in your line of sight and as close as possible (e.g. on your lap when at a restaurant).
  • Ideally, use a money belt or hidden pouch to conceal your valuables securely.

 

While out walking / on a vehicle on the road or streets:

  • Watch out for motorcyclists who seem to tail you, especially if they have a pillion rider (accomplice).
  • Carry your valuables in a bag across your body with a cross body anti-theft bag, away from the road / windows of your car / bus.
  • Do not carry items in your hands such as a mobile phone when walking by the road or when beside the window in a car / bus.
  • Avoid wearing obvious jewelry which can be easily ripped off your body.

 

 

3. Airline desk overweight luggage

 

How it works:

The National Bureau of Investigation discovered that there are some airline staff who begin weighing your luggage before the weighing scale has reset from weighing of a previous luggage.

The result is that your luggage is heavier than stipulated rules and you are forced to pay a fine.

 

What to do:

Ensure that the scale / machine starts from zero. Request another weighing attempt if you suspect foul play.

You can even bring your own portable weighing scale, especially if your luggage is on edge of the weight limit.

 

4. Immigration officer bribe

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How it works:

Another scam discovered by the National Bureau of Investigation, this is where immigration officers might question your travel documents incessantly and not let you through unless you pay a bribe.

 

What to do:

If you are in a rush, just pay and go.

However, if you have time to spare, request to speak to the supervisor or make things difficult for the corrupted official.

 

5. Airport porter theft

 

How it works:

More a theft / crime than a scam, there have been reports of airport porters / baggage handlers who open up luggage to steal valuables.

 

What to do:

Ensure that your luggage is secured and always check it when you arrive at your destination.

Again, we recommend using a hardshell luggage secured with additional TSA locks, luggage straps or cable ties.

These will not secure your luggage 100%, but will deter thieves from targeting your luggage.

 

6. Taxi spray scam 

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How it works:

This is a scary scam to be a victim of.

There have reports where a substance is sprayed into the taxi / vehicle’s air conditioner which causes whoever inhaling it to feel giddy and faint.

The eventual outcome is that you will be robbed and maybe abandoned on the road. For females, the consequences could be worse.

 

What to do:

If you hear a spray sound in the car, or if you see that the driver has a towel over his nose, do NOT take the cab.

 

7. No meter

 

How it works:

This is a common scam taxi drivers in many emerging countries pull off. They claim their meter is down and so they charge you an outrageous price.

 

What to do:

Only board a cab that uses a meter unless you know the price well and am able to haggle at the start of the trip.

You could use an online taxi fare estimator, check with your hotel, or the Grab app to determine the fair rates for the routes you are travelling on.

To complain / report a rouge driver, you can do so by text to the authorities – the LTFRB 0921 448 7777

 

8. Rigged meters (Batingting)

 

How it works:

Sometimes, taking a cab with the meter running is not necessarily the most reliable bet, as there have been reports of “Batingting” taxis with rigged meters.

Watch out for these red flags:

  • Tampered / missing meter seal
  • Only fare is displayed (without distance and waiting time)
  • Not being able to find taxi name, taxi operator number, taxi car plate number inside the cab
  • Driver clicking something, probably a hidden switch
  • If driver drives slowly at a high speed area to prevent the meter from jumping too wildly

 

What to do:

Stay alert and watch the meter. Ideally,, know how much a certain route should cost as mentioned earlier.

If you suspect something amiss, note the taxi name and car plate number and report the taxi to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.

You can do so by texting the details to 0921-4487777 or call 426-2515.

 

9. Unofficial airport taxis

 

How it works:

Again, a very common scam around the world, do be extremely careful not to board unofficial cabs at the airports.

Many things can happen to you.

You could be robbed, be driven to a secluded area and then threatened to pay an exorbitant amount, or be asked to pay an excessive amount at the end of the trip despite whatever price was initially agreed upon.

By the way, it is illegal for these touts to solicit at the airport.

 

What to do:

Join the official taxi queue.

Or check out this video below on how to get the cheapest taxi at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

 

10. Taxi robbery

 

How it works:

If there’s someone else inside the taxi, do NOT take it as they might work together to rob you.

There have also been reports where taxi doors cannot be opened from inside the cab due to a childproof locking mechanism or a faulty door handle.

This is to prevent you from escaping should the driver attempt to rob or kidnap you.

 

What to do:

Besides making sure no one is in the cab, always take the backseat to make sure no one is hiding on the floor in the back.

Also check that the door can be opened from the inside.

 

11. Taxi driving off with your luggage

 

How it works:

There have been reports of rouge taxi drivers driving off with passengers’ luggage in the boot.

 

What to do:

If possible, keep your luggage beside you in the car.

Else, note the driver’s name and car plate number and report to the authorities if he drives off your luggage.

 

12. Horse buggies

Image source: travelswithtwo.com

 

How it works:

These horse draw buggies are like an open invitation to getting scammed, much like the tuk tuks in Thailand and cyclos in Vietnam.

One trick they use over here is that midway through your ride, your driver will disembark and allow his “boss” to take over.

At the end of the trip, the “boss” will bring you to an isolated, secluded area and then demand up to 10 or 20x the originally agreed upon amount.

 

What to do:

Avoid engaging.

If you must, again we recommend concealing your valuables with a money belt / hidden pouch, and to use a cheap, spare wallet with little cash inside to act as a decoy.

This is to show the scammers that there is little point in exploiting you when caught in such a situation.

 

13. Motorbike rental damage

Image source: YouTube – senseofstile

 

How it works:

There have been reports where bike seats were slashed overnight for no apparent reason.

This allows the bike owner / shop to claim an exorbitant compensation when the bike is returned.

 

What to do:

There is not much you can do to prevent such a situation.

What you can do is to thoroughly inspect the bike upon collection.

Also take a few photos before use in case the bike owner / shop makes up some wild claims about damage to the bike.

You could also buy insurance from the shop.

 

C. MISCELLANEOUS

1. Fake hotel front desk call

 

How it works:

This is an age old scam that happens anywhere and everywhere the world, as long as there is a hotel.

The standard set-up is where scammers using smuggled phones act as fake front desk personnel, calling guests in the wee hours of the night / morning requesting for credit card information.

They claim that the hotel’s computer system has crashed or that there is an error with the card number, and this catches a number of sleepy guests off guard.

Another convincing variation is that the scammer is calling just to verify your card details on record. He will provide the last 4 digits of your card, which is obviously wrong.

When you point out the error, he will act confused and ask you to read out all the digits on your card.

Other situations could be claiming that you have won a free night (exploiting greed) or even posing as the local authority investigating a fraud case (exploiting fear).

 

What to do:

Do not provide your credit card details over the phone. Cut the phone and report to the hotel’s staff.

 

2. Money changers’ sleight of hand

Image source: financeasia.com

 

How it works:

The money changers in Indonesia are the experts at the sleight of hand trick, but shady money changers in Philippines are no slouches either.

These tricksters are usually found in dark / secluded areas. They attract tourists by placing large sign boards at the main roads advertising rates that are too good to be true.

They may also hire touts to pull you in. Once you are hooked, there are a few ways they can trick you.

Firstly, they might claim to only have notes of a small denomination. As they count the money in front of you, they use a sleight of hand trick, dropping a few notes without you realizing.

And because this is quite a huge stack of small denomination notes, some tourists either do not bother counting or might be careless when counting.

Should you note the shortfall, the money changer can simply admit to an error, or claim that there’s a commission charge (a ludicrous 5-10%), or that they do not have the change required.

Besides this sleight of hand trick, another trick these scammers use is to use a fake calculator.

This can be quite effective due to the large denomination of the rupiah (i.e. difficult for you to do a mental sum to compare against).

 

What to do:

Change money only at authorized sources.

Beware of the sleight of trick and also calculate the amount you should get and not fall prey to hidden commission charges.

 

3. Card skimming

 

How it works:

There have been reports of card skimming but it has been difficult to identify the sources.

 

What to do:

The best way to protect yourself is to use cash instead of your card. If you must use your card, make sure to see how it is handled.

Also, although not directly relevant, consider using a RFID blocking wallet. That will prevent your cards’ details from being skimmed by thieves with a mobile RFID reader / scanner.

 

4. Rigged ATM

 

How it works:

Be especially careful at ATMs, as these are ripe spots for easy robberies.

Also, cover your pin while typing, because there might have been cameras set up to capture your PIN and a card reader to capture your card’s details.

There have also been reports where a scammer distract you by tapping your shoulders while you are withdrawing money and claim that you have dropped a $10 note.

Most people would turn and at this point, an accomplice will appear from your blind side to steal your card.

Also, if you haven’t realize, scammer #1 would have already seen and memorized your PIN if you didn’t bother covering when typing it in earlier.

 

What to do:

Avoid using ATMs at dark, secluded areas and at night. Use ATMs in controlled environments such as at bank branches instead.

 

5. Gun crime

 

How it works:

Not a scam per se, but the locals are allowed to own guns.

So do be wary especially around clubs / bars where drunken brawls can break out and turn into a firefight.

 

What to do:

Stay alert and keep clear of trouble.

 

6. Kidnapping

Image source: philstar.com

 

How it works:

This happens more so in South Philippines, where many suffer from poverty.

Throw in extremist groups who kidnap for ransom, it’s best to avoid or to stay alert if visiting this part of the Philippines.

In 2017, there have also been reports of kidnapping at the casinos. This was perpetrated by a gang of over 40 people.

What they do is monitor targets over days at the casinos.

When they spot someone who seems rich but keeps losing, they will tell the target that it might be better to try another casino where they might have better luck.

Once the target is out of the casino, he / she will be kidnapped.

 

What to do:

Stay alert and watch if you are being monitored. Also avoid secluded places especially at night and move around in groups ideally.

 

D. GETTING HELP

1. Emergency numbers to call

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  • 911: all emergencies

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10 Comments

  1. Sev

    Beware of Anna Lou Juario Andrino as she is a Scammer who will ask for Money. She and her friends in real pretend to be lovers or friends where they will tell you 1 thing though they will try to scam you off. She is from Davao, Philippines where can read what immoral activity she has been doing just to get hold of your money

    Reply
  2. Ram

    Just ran into the black jack scam but left before the third hand got a bad feeling so I left. The way they did it first I was approached by guy and girl claiming if I can help sister to find accommodation when she arrived in t.o. I thought I could a good deed .when I got to house sister was at hospital.they offered drink and teach how to play black jack he said he been a dealer at casino for years .he said that he would put the money up so it would be no loss and he willing to pay 25 percent.all of sudden a man wake in a stack of 20000 $ they dealt two hands which I won .i started to feel somethings wrong didn’t finish the third hand and left .

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    • Jgb

      A friend of mine just got scammed out of 120 dollars usa with this scam of black jack game Rule 1 do not go to persons house for anything !

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  3. Happy Nuts

    Also refrain from buying with Klook in the Philippines.
    There are several reports that they had used their credit cards with klook and after few days their money from their cards are being stolen.

    Another one is selling expired vouchers and you cannot get your money back since the providers are from a local or third party.

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  4. scott pool

    Yes I do not want to be taken could you give me some advice on the airport planting a bullet on me is no way to operate . I would appreciate it if you could contact me thank you I really appreciate that I will be coming up to the Philippines in order to live there my wife is already a resident thank you .

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  5. Paul Paquette

    I was a near victim once. Two nice girls hanging out in the more heavily tourist area of central Manila. They asked me to take their photo. I did and started chatting. Went to a the cathedral and then they suggested we go to another one I’d love the other side of the city. Just then a car pulled up with two of the roughest looking guys in it. The door swung open and I immediately stepped back just as the girls were pushing me to the door! I pushed one of them away and they jumped in the car and sped off. I couldn’t believe it was daylight with lots of people around and these jokers were trying to kidnap me! Went to the policeman on the corner and told him what had happened. He just laughed a little and shrugged.
    Not ten minutes later, three girls tried it again. Same story about helping them take a picture…. my turn to laugh and shrug!
    If you are a single tourist, you have to be ten times more vigilant!

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  6. Tim

    Yeah I was in Manila in April 2017 and the latest scam is someone will befriend you then say its his/her daughters birthday tomorrow but the person don’t have enough money to buy a birthday cake and is asking for a donation. I got caught the first time it happened yet got approached on two other occasions. I wear a bumbag always for security not a wallet and i carry a small roll of toilet paper as the public toilets have no toilet paper only a bowl of water. Be alert always and take heed of what is mentioned in the scam section. Tips from porters are a big thing too. Goodluck

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  7. Jgb

    Scam!! Went to local dentist to get that hollywood smile ,2 months later problems went back to philippines , but saw smile makeover dentist was told they put in plastic teeth went to old dentist they tried to denie it , want me to come back Hell no ! Rule # 2 never get dental work in philippines !!!

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  8. Chardonnay

    I met a girl online charity bermejo,cha cha,charity,from Cebu in the Philippines. After chatting for months decision was made to visit her which I did . All the usual things happened meeting family,making out she was protective of me! Everything went well to be honest or so I thought! So we arrange for her to come to the uk. I had a phone call saying she was in hospital with malaria!!!! Which is very rare! And wanted me to pay the doctor not her for medical treatment! Which I refused. She was in bed with her next victim for a week, when she came out asked for the flight money of which she would pay half! Thinking it’s genuine as this is what we had arranged and paid! I did some checking to find out if the booking was paid for and was informed that it was not!!! Contact was made to confront her and all she said was sorry,admitting what she had done and was then deleted from all contact. Remember the name charity bermejo from Cebu. Lesson learned.

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  9. Renato

    I got scam at Clark airport (Angeles City). I bought a sim card for 2 weeks and it finished the credits after 1 week.

    There is another one that one guy told me. One girl over 18 yo goes with you to your hotel and suddenly her friend less than 18 yo knock the door. She comes in and you are in trouble after that.

    Reply

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